Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Character Karma

One of the well-known clichés of horror movies is having an opening scene in which the teenagers who break the rules--drinking, doing drugs, having sex, etc.--are the first victims of the monster/serial killer/psycho.  And in action movies, children and dogs never die.

In writing, how important is it that the character "deserve" an unhappy ending? Alternatively, do the bad guys need to be punished in order for the reader to have closure?

Consider It's a Wonderful Life. Should Mr. Potter have had something bad happen to him? Did it bother you that he got away with it?

What do you think? 

4 comments:

Disgruntled Bear (Kate Kaynak) said...

Now I've got the song from Chicago in my head:

He had it comin'
He had it comin'
He only had himself to blame
If you had been there, if you had seen it
You would've done the same

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDRN3umyXTk

Jennifer L. Armentrout said...

You know, I've never seen a Wonderful life.

Anyway, sometimes I like to see the bad guy get what's coming to them, but I also think its good when the bad guy gets away, because in reality, the bad guy doesn't always get caught.

Like there is a certain book/movie I don't want to mention b/c its spoiler-ish, but you are so mad b/c the villain (who is the worst POS that walked the face of this earth) doesn't get caught after during horrible, horrible things. But .... But .... oh Karma gets him in the end. Divine justice so to speak.

Okay. I'm rambling.

LS said...

Depends on the bad guy. Is he/she on the road to redemption? Are they bad by circumstance or just plain old bad?

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